An adventurer and champion open-water swimmer traces the life and expeditions of Roald Amundsen, the polar explorer known as "the last of the Vikings." He was the first to travel the Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and he launch
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" Lynne Cox seems to have become a better writer since Grayson. Altho' the last chapter about the flying of the plane goes on for a bit. I liked how she paralleled the Amundsen story with her swimming achievements. "
" The historical parts were interesting...the stuff about the author's cold-water swims, not so much. Needed more focus--and Amundsen deserves a book of his own, not this memoir/biography mishmash. "
Lynne Cox is an
American long-distance open-water swimmer and writer. She has twice held the
record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel, was the first woman to
swim the Cook Strait in New Zealand, and was the first person to swim the
Straits of Magellan and to swim around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. She
is also well known for swimming in the Bering Strait in 1987, from the island
of Little Diomede in Alaska to Big Diomede, then part of the Soviet Union. Cox
also swam more than one mile in the waters of Antarctica, and wrote Swimming in Antarctica about the
experience. She has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame
and lives in Los Alamitos, California.
Christine Williams is a singer and actor based in Ashland, Oregon. Her performance credits include productions at regional theaters and on concert stages across the country and around the world, from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Barbican Centre in London to the Aspen Music Festival and the Grotowski Institute in Poland.
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